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  • Jayalalithaa returns to assembly with massive victory

    AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency in Chennai. Jayalalithaa polled 1,60,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of 150,722 votes. The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged more than 50 percent of that. As noisy celebrations erupted at the AIADMK headquarters and outside Jayalalithaa's residence, Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah congratulated her over her landslide win, an official statement said. AIADMK activists and leaders generously distributed sweets to all and sundry and burst crackers to celebrate the thumping victory -- a record of sorts for Jayalalithaa. An elated Jayalalithaa thanked voters and AIADMK supporters for her massive victory and said the result was a forerunner for the 2016 assembly elections.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 02:19:58 PM
  • Congress wins Meghalaya by-election

    The ruling Congress on Tuesday won the by-election in Meghalaya's Chokpot assembly constituency, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D. Marak of the National People's Party by 2,550 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told media on the phone. Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-election was announced, secured 8,042 votes while Phillipole garnered 5,492 votes. The by-election was necessitated following the death of Garo National Council legislator Clifford R. Marak early this year. Marak's wife Kalpana D. Sangma secured 5,009 votes. While independent candidate Tinkerwin R. Marak received 1,189 votes, 424 voters opted for the None of the Above category in the by-election.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 01:59:32 PM
  • Jayalalithaa thanks voters for victory

    Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday thanked voters for electing her to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in Chennai. She said that her sweeping victory over CPI's C. Mahendran -- her main opponent -- was an indication of what was to come in the 2016 assembly elections in the state. Jayalalithaa thanked the voters and her party colleagues for her win. None of the major parties in Tamil Nadu barring the CPI contested the by-election.

    Source: IANS  

    2015-06-30 01:56:58 PM
  • CPI-M retains Tripura assembly seats

    The ruling CPI-M on Tuesday retained two assembly seats in Tripura, defeating candidates from its nearest rival BJP by record margins, officials in Agartala said. The CPI-M won the Pratapgarh seat for the ninth consecutive time, while it won the Surma assembly constituency for the eighth time in a row.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 01:54:40 PM
  • BJP occupies the Garoth assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh

    BJP candidate Chandarsingh Sisodia on Tuesday won the garoth legislative assembly seat of Madhya Pradesh. The BJP won the by-elections held in the constituency when its candidate Sisodia took home 81,449 votes. He beat Subhash Kumar of the Congress by a margin of 12,945 votes. Ballots were counted on Tuesday morning and Sisodia won it by afternoon. The constituency went for polls on Saturday, 27 June.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 01:51:43 PM

  • CPM wins the Pratapgarh assembly seat of Tripura

    The Communist Party Marxist (CPM) has won the Pratapgarh seat of the Tripura state legislative assembly. The party has won the by-polls held for the seat, whose Ramu Das beat the rest with 17,321 votes. CPM won the seat within a little longer than three hours after the counting of ballots began today. The Pratapgarh constituency went for polls on 27 June.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 11:40:23 AM
  • Congress wins the Chokpot assembly seat of Meghalaya

    The Chokpot legislative assembly seat of Meghalaya has gone to Congress, whose Bluebell R Sangma has accounted for the seat beating oythers by a margin of 2,550 votes. The counting of votes began in the constituency at 8 am today, while the polling for the same took place on 27 June. It has been a sort of moral victory for Congress as it has won this seat after a long gap of 20 years.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 11:35:07 AM
  • Rajnath Singh to review security of Amarnath Yatra

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Wednesday on a two-day visit to review the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and offer prayers at the Himalayan cave shrine on July 2. The home minister will review the security arrangements for this year's Amarnath Yatra along with Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior officials of state and central security forces on Wednesday, official sources here told media persons. "He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Holy Amarnath Shrine on July 2," a senior state government official said. This year's 59-day long pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir's Anantnag district will begin on July 2 and conclude on August 29.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 11:02:25 AM
  • Himachal panel seeks details of Priyanka Vadra's land deal

    The local administration of Shimla has been told to provide within 10 days information about the land purchase by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra near this popular hill station, the Himachal Pradesh Information Commission has ruled. "Provide information about Priyanka Vadra's land deal at Mashobra (near Shimla) within 10 days to an RTI activist. The decision to impose penalty on the officials who failed to provide information within stipulated timeframe would be decided on July 23," the commission said on Monday. The order by the full bench comprising Chief Information Commissioner Bhim Sen and Information Commissioner K.D. Batish came after an application of Right to Information activist Devashish Bhattacharya came up for hearing.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:59:58 AM
  • One more farmer's suicide rocks Karnataka legislature

    Suicide by a debt-ridden farmer and a similar attempt by another in Karnataka on Monday rocked the state legislature on the first day of the 10-day monsoon session in this northern city. Even before the day's proceedings began here in Belagavi, over 500 km from Bengaluru, news came from Mandya, about 100 km from the state capital, that 52-year-old farmer Basavaraju committed suicide as he was unable to pay back Rs.5 lakh he took as loan to grow sugarcane in his field, but did not receive money from a sugar mill for last year's crop.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:57:45 AM
  • Congress wins Kerala by-poll

    Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly constituency by-election in Kerala. He was ahead of his rivals when the counting of votes crossed the half way mark. The assembly constituency witnessed a triangular contest between the Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP.

    Source: IANS  

    2015-06-30 10:44:34 AM
  • AAP's budget will lead to price rise, says BJP

    The BJP on Monday slammed the AAP's budget, saying that it will lead to price rise in the capital. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is leader of the opposition in the Delhi assembly, said during a discussion on the budget for 2015-16 presented by the Aam Aadmi Party government, that it was a "deficit budget", and the proposed increase in entertainment and luxury taxes was bound to pinch the middle class. "The government has decided to impose entry fee on vehicles carrying essential goods from neighbouring states. This will lead to increase in prices of essential commodities," he said.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:37:40 AM
  • Modi 'amazed' at response to 'SelfieWithDaughter'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he was "amazed" to see the response he got for his 'SelfieWithDaughter' call. "Amazed by the fantastic response to SelfieWithDaughter. It's remarkable how people across the world have chipped in," he wrote on Twitter after getting a huge number of pictures from across the world. The prime minister during his "Mann ki Baat", an interactive radio programme, on Sunday had requested people to send in pictures clicked with their daughters to promote the cause of the girl child in India.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:32:52 AM
  • Delhi government introduces amendment to VAT Act

    The AAP government on Monday introduced an amendment to the Delhi Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill 2015, which might lead to a hike in prices of petroleum products, tobacco and aerated drinks in the capital. Currently, VAT on goods under the fourth schedule of Value Added Taxes in Delhi is fixed at 20 percent. The proposed amendment will enable the AAP government to impose VAT varying from 12.5 percent to 30 percent. Watches worth above Rs.5,000 will also come under this category. The amendment also aims at facilitating online filing of applications for cancellation of registration.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:31:00 AM
  • BJP demands probe into 'dog dialysis' at Bengal hospital

    Union minister and BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan on Monday demanded a probe into allegations of arrangements being made for a dog to undergo dialysis at West Bengal's government-run SSKM Hospital. Pradip Mitra, who was recently transferred from the post of SSKM director, claimed he was handed over marching orders for stopping the dialysis of a dog at the premier hospital on June 10. The dog was allegedly sent for treatment by Trinamool Congress leader Nirmal Majhi, who heads the state medical council.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:29:24 AM
  • Trinamool suspends two Bengal legislators

    West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday suspended two of its legislators - Seuli Saha and Silbhadra Dutta - for anti-party activities. "They have been suspended from the party for indulging in anti-party activities. They have not been listening to the party and provoking others to quit our party," Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee told media. The suspension comes a day after Saha, who represents Haldia constituency, and Dutta, from Barrackpore constituency, attended an iftar party hosted by sidelined Trinamool leader Mukul Roy. Perceived to be close to Roy, Dutta was earlier removed from the post of parliamentary secretary. Both Dutta and Saha said they will comment on the issue only after getting a formal intimation about their suspension.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:27:03 AM
  • Congress (UDF) candidate Sabarindhan ahead in Aruvikkara

    The ruling party Congress (UDF) in the state of Kerala is ahead in Aruvikkara by-elections as well, as the early trends suggest. Party candidate K.S. Sabarinandhan was ahead by 6,823 votes in the constituency as per the early trends by 10 am revealed. He had 33,458 ballots to his name, while CPIM's M Vijaykumar had 26,645 by that time. The counting of votes began at 8 am today, polling for the same took place on 27 June.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 10:11:59 AM
  • J. Jayalalitha way ahead in RK Nagar

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha held a huge lead over other contenders as far as the RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of the state is concerned. After four rounds of counting of votes were complete by 10 am today, Jayalalitha had 38,806 votes as compared to her nearest competitor C. Mahendran's 2,809 votes. Counting of ballots started this morning at 8 in the RK Nagar assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu that went for polls on 27 June.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 10:05:51 AM
  • Counting of ballots begins in five states

    The counting of votes began this morning at 8 in the six legislative assembly constituencies of five states where by-elections are taking place. The six constituencies that went for polling on 27 June are RK Nagar in Tamil Nadu, Aruvikara in Kerala, Garoth in Madhya Pradesh, Pratapgarh and Surma in Tripura and Chokpot in Meghalaya. As the early trends suggested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J. Jayalalitha was way ahead of the others in the RK Nagar constituency, while Congress candidate KS Sabarinandhan was leading in Aruvikara constituency of Kerala. As far as Garoth in Madhya Pradesh constituency is concerned, BJP's Chandarsingh Sisodia was leading by 1,831 votes after four rounds of counting were complete. Trends for rest of the constituencies were not declared till 10 am.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 09:50:18 AM
  • Modi congratulates Finnish counterpart on poll victory

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila on his electoral victory and said that India and Finland have shared values of democracy and freedom. "Please accept my warm congratulations on your electoral victory and appointment as the prime minister of the Republic of Finland," Modi wrote to Sipila. "Our two countries have enjoyed warm and cordial relations based on shared values of democracy and freedom. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen our bilateral relationship," he said.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 09:33:05 AM
  • RK nagar (Tamil Nadu) and Aruvikkaraa (Kerala) by-election results

    RK Nagar (Tamil Nadu) By-election results 2015- Jayalalitha leading in the first round with a vote count of 9562 votes followed by C Mahendram who is a CPI candidate and has won 930 votes. Arruvikara By-election results 2015- Sabarinadhan of the Congress (UDF) Leading by 2,301 votes followed by LDF - 9,539 Votes and BJP - 5,999 Votes. Source: various news reports

    2015-06-30 09:15:11 AM
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